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Spring 2017
Jan 17-20

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Welcome Back!

With this first edition of our e-Weekly newsletter for this new year, the European Union Center (EUC) welcomes new and returning faculty, staff, and students to the University of Illinois.

The new year in Europe will be ever-more captivating considering a series of key elections and decisions, the continuous regional instabilities and the making of transatlantic relations under a Trump administration. Voters in three large and influential Member States, the Netherlands (March 15), France (May 7) and Germany (October 22) will be casting their votes selecting their political leaders. In March, the May government will, depending on the verdict of the country’s Supreme Court, be triggering the Article 50 officially beginning the separation process between the United Kingdom and the rest of the Union. And these cases do not include the current banking and political crises in Italy, the continuous tensions in Greece and so forth.

Regionally, Turkey, a EU candidate and NATO member, is moving towards a clear transformation of its governing process empowering the office of President held by Recep Tayyip Erdogan, while evolving in an ever-more violent and volatile domestic context. Syria continues to be a civil war wherein the hopes of the West are dying. Afghanistan is falling back into serious violence and Russia seems to be the only player advancing its interests and sphere of influence.

In terms of transatlantic relations under the upcoming Trump administration, the relations may be tense based on the recent political and diplomatic developments. Trump is embracing the UK departure, advocating for more exiting of EU Member States, and calling NATO obsolete. Will the Trump administration mark the end of the EU-US relationship solidified in the aftermath of World War two?

Each question will be tackled by the many exciting events, conferences and roundtables promoted and co-sponsored by the EUC as well through the research promoted and EUC academic program.

This Spring, the EUC will continue to support graduate and undergraduate students through the Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships. The EUC is becoming a national leader in the management of its FLAS fellowships and demonstrates continuous excellence in selecting competitive students seeking to learn languages critical to the study of Europe.

This Spring, the EUC is working on increasing its class of future graduate students and continues welcoming Illinois students taking advantage of the new 5-year BA/MA program with partner departments in LAS. Undergraduate students enrolled in the five-year program will receive their MA with one additional year of education instead of the traditional two. New courses are being developed such as Model EU soon going to Pittsburgh and Indiana for regional competitions.

Together with our highly energetic faculty, the EUC staff has been busy planning an exciting array of lectures, conferences, movies, and more for the academic year. The EUC will begin its year with the first EUC Lecture Series with Professor Tavits on February 3, 2017. On February 17, Professor Joyce Mushaben will be presenting “Leadership in Hard times: How Angela Merkel learned to love the European Union” as part of the EUC Lecture Series.

Four large events organized by the EUC should be marked on one’s calendar: the 15th EU Day which will feature EU Ambassador, David O’Sullivan [his participation is not fully confirmed] in March. The Second event is the 4th Annual International Food Security Symposium: “Commercial Agriculture in Tropical Environments” (April 3-4) wherein Professor Bryan Endres will be chairing and moderating a panel on the topic of EU’s role in agriculture in the developing world and environmental impacts. This panel is financed by the Jean Monnet Center of Excellence grant received by the EUC in 2015. Third, the EUC will be co-sponsoring its Annual Turkish Study Symposium (TSS) on April 4 titled “Turkey in the aftermath of the failed coup attempt.” Fourth, on March 31-April 1, the EUC in collaboration with the other NRC Area Studies Centers will organized under the leadership of the Center for Global Studies a two-day conference on the theme of the rejection of globalization. The Joint Area Centers Symposium (JACS) is a demonstration of the collaborative work with other Title VI NRC Centers and thematic programs at Illinois.

Additionally, two high-level co-sponsorships ought to be underlined. First, the EUC is proud to co-sponsor the screenings and discussions of five polish pictures: Ida, Innocents, Austeria, Little Rose, and the Hourglass Sanatorium. Second, the EUC will be a partner of the 20th EU Film Festival organized by the Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago from March 3-30.

Look for updates in forthcoming e-Weekly issues and on the EU Center web site, and make your plans to participate. We also welcome suggestions—and self-nominations—for speakers to deliver lectures, so please let us know your ideas. You can find our form to request EUC co-sponsorship for your event here (next application deadline is April 15)

Two new programs should be highlighted. This Spring the EUC will continue growing its Paper Series allowing graduate students and faculty/researchers to publish their research and analyses on any relevant EU matters. The first MAEUS talk is a guide on how to do research, while the first Policy Insights reflects on the different challenges facing the EU and its Member States. Do not hesitate to send us your analysis!

Finally, this Summer, the EUC in partnership with Global Education and Training (GET) and the Department of Recreation, Sport and Tourism will be launching its first Summer Program titled “Sport Management Across Cultures Program” (June 24-July 14).  This Summer Program is an outstanding opportunity for students to study at our campus for two weeks, experience the teaching methods of U.S. higher education faculty, and complete two courses in Sport Management. 

Many of you already keep up with the Center and the latest EU news through our Facebook page, EUC Blog, Twitter feed and Instagram. E-weekly will continue to highlight selected contributions to these social media. We also invite you to join our LinkedIn group, which allows EUC affiliates to stay connected and keep up with each other’s professional developments, and to follow us on Pinterest.

As we look ahead to the upcoming year, the Center will continue to serve as a hub for research, teaching, and public engagement on the EU and transatlantic relations. We plan to spend this year focusing on developing new curricular and academic programs, including prospects for new degree majors and minors in EU studies at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, and enhancing the footprint of Illinois at European partner universities through research and study aboard opportunities. A key goal is to cooperate with other units on campus that share our interests in expanding the range of opportunities for students interested in the EU, so we look forward to engaging in dialogue about ways to achieve those objectives. Please feel welcome to share your ideas with us about how we can best serve that mission. In the meantime, we wish all of the EU Center’s many friends a productive and stimulating year to come!

~ The European Union Center 



Events This Week


Conversations on Europe Videoconference Series (with Univ. of Pittsburgh)

Tue, Jan 17 | 11 am

507 E Green St., Rm. 411

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Calling Foul: Electoral Interference in the US and Europe

Have we entered a new age of cyber-sabotage? In this session of Conversations on Europe, our expert panel will explore episodes of foreign state interference in electoral politics in Europe and the U.S. past and present.  From state-sponsored hacking to Wikileaks, what do we know about who is calling the shots?  How have disinformation campaigns been used to meddle in domestic politics in countries throughout eastern and western Europe, and to what effect?   
Sean Guillory, Blogger and Podcaster, Affiliate with Center for Russian and East European Studies, Univ. of Pitsburgh
John R. Deni, Research Professor of National Security Studies, Gen. Douglas MacArthur Chair of Research, Strategic Studies Institute
Florian Hartleb, Independent Scholar and Consultant, E-Estonia and digitization
Helga Druxes, Professor of German, Williams College
William Dunn, Professor, Graduate School of Public & International Affairs, Univ. of Pitsburgh

Sponsored by European Studies Center and European Union Center of Excellence at the University of Pittsburgh, along with Center for European Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill, European Union Center at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and Jean Monnet Center of Excellence at Florida International University


  Upcoming Events


Film Screening

Thu, Jan 26 | 4 pm
English Building, Rm 109
608 S Wright

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Dialogue: A Polish-Jewish Film Series
Ida (2013)

The film will be introduced by Prof. George Gasyna and followed by discussion.

Upcoming Film Screenings in the series (all in English Bldg., Rm 109 @4pm):

The Innocents (2016) -- February 9th
The Hourglass Sanatorium (1973) -- February 23rd
Little Rose (2010) -- March 9th
Austeria (1982) -- April 20th
The Innocents will be introduced by Priscilla Charrat, The Hourglass Sanatorium by Alexandra van Doren, Little Rose by Lizy Mostowski, Austeria by Diana Sacilowski.
All films will have English subtitles.
Each film screening will be followed by a thoughtful discussion on the topic of the film. All are welcome to attend.
Free pizza will be provided by the Program in Jewish Culture and Society.
Sponsored by the European Union Center & the Program in Jewish Culture and Society. Organized by Lizy Mostowski

Expert Roundtable

Thu, Feb 2 | 4 pm
Lincoln Hall, Rm 1002
702 S Wright

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State Capacity at the Border: Relinquishing or reinforcing contentious border regions

How do states, as actors, seek to maintain internal control and stability when facing threats to their territorial integrity? Examining four post-Soviet countries (Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan and Ukraine), the panelists assess two new functional areas of state capacity analysis, elections (regenerative) and healthcare (distributional) in addressing this question.  They expand traditional approaches to state capacity through the exploration of sub-national and cross national comparisons. Their approach contributes to important insight to the geopolitical implications of how shortfalls in state capacity might lead to “weak” or “failed” states through the examination of four countries bordering an increasingly aggressive Russian Federation. Georgia and Ukraine have already been engaged in armed hostilities with the Russian Federation which has forced them to cede territory to Russia or to breakaway quasi-states aligned with Russia. Estonia and Kazakhstan are subject to growing Russian geopolitical and economic pressure focused on border territories. This interdisciplinary roundtable explores empirical approaches to the assessment of internal diversity in state capacity, illustrating how variation in internal capacity is linked to the vulnerability to destabilization, separatist movements or incursions by adversarial neighbors across these four cases. They explore how assessments of distributional and regenerative processes within and between states can contribute to literatures in the areas of governance, conflict, legitimacy and state stability, deepening our conceptualization of state capacity in this region and elsewhere. 

Cynthia Buckley, Professor of Sociology, University of Illinois
Ralph Clem, Professor Emeritus of Geography, Florida International University
Erik Herron, Professor of Political Science, West Virginia University

Co-sponsored by the European Union Center; Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center; Department of Sociology; Center for Global Studies; Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studie; Department of Political Science


Related Events


Chai Wai Series

Wed, Jan 25 | 2-3:30 pm

International & Area Studies Library

Navigating Global Challenges Under the New U.S. Regime: Climate, Human Rights, Trade, and Migration


Trevor Birkenholtz, Professor of Geography and Geographic Information Science to speak on climate
Patrick Keenan, Professor of Law to speak on human rights
Hadi Esfahani, Professor of Economics to speak on trade
Metka Hercog, Lecturer of Global Studies to speak on migration policies and the status of refugees



EUC Social Media Highlight


 Social Media Highlight

Submit a Blog Post!

The European Union Center is always seeking new contributions for our blog. If you are knowledgable on a topic or event related to the European Union, and wish to write about it, the European Union Center's Blog would love to host your article.  We are looking for submissions that are informative, brief, vivid, and inviting. If you are interested in submitting a post, please read over our submission, image, and writing guidelines here. Looking forwad to receiving your blog entries!

As always, we invite you to join the conversation by leaving comments on our Blog and sharing posts/tweets with others! Also, follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook!





Summer Program

Sport Management Across Cultures Program
June 24 to July 14, 2017
Deadline to enroll is April 15, 2017.
The European Union Center, along with the Department of Recreation, Sport and Tourism, and Global Education & Training, would like to invite you to study this summer at the world-famous University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Here is an outstanding opportunity for you to study at our campus for two weeks, experience the teaching methods of U.S. higher education faculty, and complete two courses in Sport Management. Each course includes 16 hours of instruction, delivered in two-hour morning and afternoon class segments. The instructors will encourage and lead students through discussions of complex sport management and development issues in the United States and Europe.
Supervised Group Travel: Following two weeks of in-class course delivery, students will complete a 5-day group tour with faculty members and engaged in experiential learning. Students will visit key sport and tourist sites, in Chicago and Indianapolis (e.g., major league baseball, basketball, national football league, motorsports, museums, Navy Pier). This tour provides students a unique opportunity to engage with sport, recreation and tourism industry leaders with experience in the United States and Europe in professional and collegiate sports, tourism development, facility management, and public and private recreation.
Classes begin: June 24th, 2017
Experiential Learning/Supervised Group Travel begins: July 9th, 2017

Matthew Gadbury,
Program Coordinator, Global Education & Training, University of Illinois
Phone: 1-217-265-7647
Dr. Carla Almeida Santos
Director, European Union Center
Professor, Department of Recreation, Sport and Tourism

INTERSECT--Seeing Systems workshop, March 10-11, Call for Proposals

Spring 2017 Graduate Science and Technology Studies Workshop
Interdisciplinary Encounters: Exploring Knowledge-Making Across Boundaries
March 10-11, 2017

CALL FOR PAPERS Deadline: January 17, 2017

We invite scholars from across disciplines and regional locales whose work connects with STS, digital studies, media studies, communication, information sciences, informatics and design to submit proposals for a two-day workshop addressing diverse themes in the social making of facts, social histories of media and technology, user networks in practice, visual cultures and interactive technologies.
We welcome a range of formats — including standard paper presentations, posters, demonstrations, and hands-on workshops — as well as work intersectional with feminist, anti-racist, transnational, decolonial, queer, and ecological potentials in science and technology studies (STS) and in critical making. The event will also feature faculty-facilitated conversations, campus and nature walks, scavenging exercises, workshops on local citizen science, and keynotes by Jenny Reardon, director of The Science and Justice Research Center at the University of California – Santa Cruz, and Max Liboiron, founder of the Civic Laboratory for Environmental Action Research (CLEAR), a feminist marine biology and technology lab at Memorial University in Newfoundland.

For more information:

The workshop is co-sponsored by the European Union Center.

 New Spring 2017 EURO Course

EURO 490 – The Council of the European Union

1pm-1:50pm Tuesdays, Spring 2017 Semester

Education Building, Room 389

The EU Center is happy to announce a new course in its “Topics in EU Policymaking” series: EURO 490, The Council of the European Union. This course offers an in-depth analysis of one of the primary institutions of the European Union, the Council of the European Union. The course explores this institution through the lens of the unique "rotating presidency" of the Council, providing students with a quick-changing frame of reference that ensures contemporary and topical discussions. After discussing the theoretical and structural framework of the Council of the European Union, the course critically analyzes presidencies from the past and present with a special emphasis on how different leaders and environments impact the behavior of the institution. The class will conclude with a capstone project involving an institutional simulation of a Council formation. This simulation will allow students to experience how the Council functions in practice.

This course is excellent fit for anyone interested in Model EU, and will allow students to practice their public speaking skills while at the same time learning about an important EU institution. For more information, please contact the course instructor, Dr. Neil Vander Most, at

 New Spring 2017 Polish Literature Course

POL 446: The Long Polish Twentieth Century

Professor George Gasyna

Class times and location: Wednesdays, 12 noon-2:50 pm

English Building 307

POL 446 is a thematic exploration of Polish 20th century literature with a major focus on the exilic/émigré corpus (and the institutions that supported these writers and writings) and new post-socialist writing. Looking for both continuities and epochal breaks, we will read representative authors from the main 20th century movements (Gombrowicz, Schulz, Milosz), analyze the modernist and vanguardist ethos in its Polish tradition and read adherents of its many "-isms" (such as Witkacy and Jasienski), and culminate with postmodern authors like Tokarczuk, Stasiuk, and Szewc – in the final module responding to the question: is the post- in postsocialist the same as the post- in postmodern?

Along the way the canon and counterpractice of Polish literature will be assessed in light of the special conditions of Polish modernity (an absence of a political state throughout the 19th century and until 1919, an eviscerated physical space in the 20th, a crucial expatriate community formed during the Romantic period and present still today, different forms of samizdat-type writings, etc). The guiding objective of the course is to establish a sense of a modern literary consciousness, and something akin to a national "conscience," through the close study of texts by authors major and minor, and by examining samplings of other genres like political writing and film.

This course is also open to graduate students, who will be responsible for additional course work.

No knowledge of Polish is required; however, students proficient in Polish may wish to consult with the instructor about supplemental readings not available in English.

Job Opportunities

Currently Accepting Applications for Resident Directors - Critical Language Scholarship Progam

The Critical Language Scholarship program, a program of the U.S. Department of State, is currently accepting applications for multiple Resident Director positions. We are interested in candidates who have language skills that correspond to the REEEC region, including Azerbaijani, Turkish, Persian and Russian, among others. More information about each position and the link to apply online can be found at:

If you have any questions, please contact:
Nellie Manis (U of I Alumn)
Program Officer, Critical Language Scholarship Program

U of I Graduate College Grants

U of I Graduate College Grants

University of Illinois Graduate College - Dissertation Travel Grants.
Dissertation Travel Grants provide reimbursement to subsidize travel and associated costs necessary for doctoral dissertation research, whether for exploring a potential dissertation topic (i.e., before extensive research has been done) or for conducting dissertation research. Approximately 12 grants at amounts up to $5,000 will be awarded given sufficient funding. An awardee's nominating department must commit to contributing 12% of the cost of the grant. Click here for more information. Applications are due by March 14th, 2017.

University of Illinois Graduate College - Master's Project Travel Grants.
The Graduate College's Master's Project Travel Grants provide reimbursement to Illinois students for travel-related costs incurred for the completion of an off-campus, short-term project required of one of the University’s master's degree programs.  Approximately 10 grants of up to $500 will be awarded given sufficient funding.  Grant recipients are expected to conclude their travel by December 31, 2017. Click here for more information. Applications are due by March 14th, 2017.

University of Illinois Graduate College - Dissertation Completion Fellowship
The Graduate College's Dissertation Completion Fellowships help outstanding students complete the doctoral degree by providing a one-year stipend of $20,000 along with waivers of tuition, service fee, health service fee, AFMFA fee, library/IT fee.  In addition, the fellow will receive partial payment of the graduate student health insurance fee per semester as well as basic dental and vision coverage.  The number of awards offered will depend on the level of funding available. Click here for more information. Applications are due by April 11th, 2017.

Conversation Tables
Coffee Hours


If you would like to announce your Fall 2016 conversation tables & coffee hours, please send the information to Sebnem Ozkan.





European Union Center
University of Illinois
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The European Union Center (EUC) is a
National Resource Center, funded through a U.S. Department of Education Title VI grant,
and a Jean Monnet Center of Excellence funded through the European Union.
The EUC is also funded in part by a "Getting to Know Europe" grant from the Delegation of the EU to the US.